German army receives new command and control information system
Category: Defence Industry
Representatives of the Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Federal Armed Forces (IT-AmtBw) and the joint-venture FuInfoSys Heer (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme) signed the amended contract for the serial procurement of the Army’s command and control information system.
After the successful conclusion of service tests, some 1500 vehicles will be equipped with the first production batch of the system by the year 2012. The contract also projects transfer services such as training and documentation. Its scope adds up to some 380 million euros.
FuInfoSys Heer serves not only for the support and preparation of deployments, but also in peacetime staff operations. Installed in mobile carrier platforms, in command-post and combat-support as well as combat vehicles, and linked up via tactical communications systems, it closes the gaps in equipping the inter-operations command and control systems of the German Army. The introduction of FuInfoSys H is the decisive step in the direction of networked operation command and control, and will significantly improve command capability. FuInfoSys H is an important system, which is adapted to the needs of supporting the modern armed forces and their conceptional adaptation to changed scenarios for intervention.
With FuInfoSys H, a comprehensive command and information link-up has been created, from the division command level right down to the squad command level. FuInfoSys H is furthermore already conceptually integrated into FuInfoSys SK, which embraces all branches of the armed forces, and in the medium-term will migrate to FuInfoSys SK as an application specific to the terrestrial armed forces. The systems will be delivered from 2007 on and their use will also include deployment in the joint German-French Brigade.
The Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Federal Armed Forces
The IT-AmtBw, which originated in a sub-section of the Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement, is responsible for the efficient, prompt and user-oriented procurement of computer technology and up-to-date services for the entire Federal Armed Forces. Besides the analysis, conception and drafting of of standards, this also includes the implementation of IT projects and the assurance of IT security.
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